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Samantha Punch
Samantha Punch
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Member Since
Sept. 17, 2015
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Feb. 6
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about me

Professor of Sociology and Dean of Graduate Studies at Stirling University, UK. Currently undertaking two long-term bridge-related research projects: the 'Sociology of Bridge' exploring partnership interactions and team dynamics of the game including gendered inequalities; and 'Bridge and Dementia', including a survey on the social benefits of playing bridge.


I play bridge for Scotland - in the women's team since 2008 (semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016) and in the open Camrose team (2013, 2016, 2017).

United Kingdom

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Bridge Accomplishments
Winning Transnational Commonwealth Teams in Glasgow 2014; 5 wins UK Lady Milne Home Internationals; Semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016 in Wroclaw.
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Paula Leslie, Stephen Peterkin, Tim Rees
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PASKE Wins Mixed BAM
Congrats - great win!
Why are men more successful at bridge than women?
I’m trying not to get involved in the detail of the discussions as the point of this research is to explore others’ views. I admit I used the somewhat provocative title to try to encourage a few more people to respond to the questions. Many people have indicated that ...
Research on Sexism and Bridge: Have your Say
Looking forward to hearing your views on it and the other questions.
Research on Sexism and Bridge: Have your Say
Still time to respond if you haven't yet got round to it. Would be much appreciated. Either post here, private message me or send to the email: An additional question to include at the start is: 0) At the top level, why are men more ...
Research on Sexism and Bridge: Have your Say
Many thanks to all who have responded so far. If you haven't yet done so, please do consider sending your response - all views are welcomed and appreciated. I shall continue to collect responses during January.
Research on Sexism and Bridge: Have your Say
Given that I have now completed 52 interviews with top players I have lots of interview data on a wide range of bridge themes and hopefully (with help from my bridge networks and BW - please keep emailing with your responses) I will have lots more data on this topic. My ...
Research on Sexism and Bridge: Have your Say
Well spotted! We have presented this paper at two academic conferences (in Scotland and England) and in December I gave a similar talk to a bridge audience at a Scottish congress in Peebles. Interestingly there were more men in the audience than women. If of any interest, I'd be ...
Research on Sexism and Bridge: Have your Say
1. Yes this current research does follow-on from that paper. The research for that conference paper was a much broader project on the Sociology of Bridge - gender was just one small section of the interviews conducted by me with top level players (mainly from US and UK). Elizabeth Graham (my ...
Research on Sexism and Bridge: Have your Say
Do you still have the article you wrote on chess and gender? If so, could you send it to me?
Research on Sexism and Bridge: Have your Say
Peg has provided some links which indicate that men and women's brains are different, and Yehudit suggests that there is contradictory evidence which disputes that view. Does anyone know of any books/papers or other sources which I can use as part of a literature review on the topic ...

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